Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
Dear H.C.A. Family and Friends,
When was the last time you were “still” and you realized that God was God? When was the last time you spent time alone with God and allowed your soul to rest in the calmness of His arms? When was the last time you looked beyond the turmoil and evil of this world and reflected on the beauty of His creation? When was the last time you allowed your spirit to be renewed by the Holy Spirit that dwells within you?
I do not ask you alone these questions; I too must honestly reflect on Psalm 46:10. We allow the world to shape us, mold us and make demands on us that steal time away from the Lord. Many of these worldly attractions and demands are not bad in themselves; it is our obsession with the attractions. Some of these demands and pressures come from our church or family members, making it more difficult to say NO. The problem is that we allow ourselves to be over-committed and consumed by them. We allow society to convince us that if we do not participate in this event or help with this worthy cause we are insensitive and uncaring. We are made to feel that if we do not allow our children to play this sport, attend this outing, or go to this party, we are unsupportive parents. The excessive busyness that keeps us from developing a stronger relationship with the Lord is a device in the evil one’s toolbox.
As the end of the school year is fast approaching you are probably thinking that life is going to slow down for ten weeks. However, I assure you that unless you make a commitment to make it slow down, nothing will change over the summer except that the opportunity to rest, reflect, and renew your spirit will have passed. So I challenge you this summer to prioritize the following three practices in your weekly schedule:
Resting in the Lord. “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28). Turn off your cellphone, television, internet communication and meditate on His Word. Renew your relationship with the Lord and ask for spiritual revival.
Reflecting on the road you travel. As you journey through life, are you certain you are on the path the Lord wants you to travel? Are you tired and exhausted because you are traveling the course not set by the Lord? Are you in a race car that has no GPS and with brakes that have failed? I do believe that most of us want God’s will and direction for our lives. But most of us are too busy to find out His will for us. “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy one of Israel, says: In repentance is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it,” (Isaiah 30:15). When you grasp that, then you can…
Renew your spirit and soul. True renewal or restoration of soul comes only from the Lord. As the Psalmist so beautifully pens, “As a deer pants for the streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1-2).
The world and all it offers will never satisfy us. Only God’s living water, which only Christ can give you, will quench your thirst and give you the peace that passes all understanding.
Dear friends, enjoy this season of rest. Enjoy your family, put the world on the back burner, and allow Christ to renew your soul with His living water and restore in you the joy of His salvation. If you are unsure of your salvation, make this the summer you secure your future. He is waiting to give you the assurance of eternal rest. As counter-intuitive as it may be, you must look away from self, for all you will find there are reasons you are unworthy of God’s kindness, and you must keep your eye on Jesus, who is worthy and gave his worthy life for sinners, even the worst, like you and me. He is our assurance.
May He richly bless you and yours this summer season and may you return in September resting in Him.
Linda C. Lewis
Head of School
- Our 8th graders as they leave us, may they always walk with Jesus
- Staff vacancies
- Plans for the 2016-2017 School Year and guidance for the School Board
- Safety for our students over the summer
- Travel mercies for our families
- Spiritual growth in our students
- Enrollment for September
- The financial goals of the school and individual families
- Wisdom for the citizens and delegates of our country as we approach the election of a new president
Student of the Month
K – Payton H.
1st – Nialisse M.
2nd – Julian S.
3rd – Erin F.
4th – Nolen G.
5th – Gianni B.
6th – Ernest A.
7A – Jonna S.
7B – Bridget H.
8 – Gabriel J.
The school office will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM until Noon, beginning Monday, June 20th. We suggest you always call ahead if you need to come to school. Hours for June 16th and 17th will be 8:30am-1:00pm. The office will be closed on Monday, July 4th.
You will receive a summer mailing around July, 15th. This mailing will include information for the upcoming school year. Included will be a school calendar and school supply list. Tuition information for the 2016-2017 will be sent home prior to the end of school. Please call the office if you have any questions.
Summer Reading Lists, Math Review Packets and 2016-2017 School Supply List
Reading and math packets have been revised and UPDATED; they will be sent home with each student in their report cards. Reading lists and math packets are not optional but are part of the academic program at HCA. Requirements are to be completed and turned in at the start of the 2016-2017 school year, no later than September 9th as explained on the reading lists and math packets. Students entering 6-8 have specific reading assignments. You may borrow the books from the local library, purchase them at Barnes and Noble book store, on Amazon.com, or on www.scholastic.com.completed.
The supply list for your student’s upcoming year will also be included.
Race For Education Update
Funds continue to come in for the Race for Education. As of this date, the total amount received is $16,203.50. We are almost there! It isn’t too late to donate to this fundraiser. Winners of the race and those who earned the most support will be announced at the awards chapel on June 8th at 9:00am.
The awards chapel will be held on wednesday, june 8th at 9:00AM. Parents are invited to join us.
It is important that your tuition obligations are kept current. Excessive tardiness and unpaid balances may result in your child not being accepted for next year (#10 of the Financial Policy). All Tuition and late fees must be paid in full before any academic records are released (#8 of the Financial Policy). Eighth Grade student accounts must be current for student participation in 8th grade activities. All financial obligations are due to HCA by May 1st. If you have questions in regard to financial obligations call Leigh Kelly at 215-335-4323.
Summer Camp Opportunities
Holmesburg Baptist Church and Holmesburg Christian Academy have been busy planning a wonderful summer for children of different ages. Opportunities will include Preschool Camp for children ages 3-5 and Church camp for older children. Both camps will run for an eight week period beginning June 27th through August 19th. This allows you to drop off children of different age groups at one location. We are excited about the return of ART CAMP again this year for children who have completed grades K-8 th from 10:00AM until noon. ART CAMP gives children the opportunity to explore their creative side in an age appropriate setting, under the direction of Mrs. Winter. Our doors will be wide open this summer. Stop in or call for additional information or forms.
Art Camp 215-335-4323
Preschool Camp 215-335-4323
Church Camp 215-338-1775
HBC Flea Market
On Saturday, June 18th Holmesburg Baptist Church will be having a flea market on Frankford Avenue from 9AM – 2PM. Spaces are $15.00 each. No tables will be provided. The spaces will be 9’x4’ and will run along Frankford Avenue in front of the wall and the driveway between the church and the bakery. Registration for spaces is underway. If you are interested in being a vendor contact Bob Stewart at 215-698-8391. There are 38 spaces which will be filled in the order registration/payment are received. 31 spaces remain available as of now. We’ll be listed in the NE Times on May 18th . In case of inclement weather, the raindate is June 25th.
Extended Care News
The last day for afternoon Extended Care will be on Tuesday, June 14th. Both Full Day Preschool and Extended Care will close at 5:00 PM on the 14th because staff must return in the evening for the 8th grade graduation service. Please be prompt in picking your child up. We appreciate your cooperation.
Re-Registration & Open Enrollment
Several of our classes are closed for 2016-2017 with a waiting list. This includes 4 year old preschool, Kindergarten and First grade. Several other grades, including 8th are nearly filled. If you have not registered and it is your intention to return, you are encouraged to do so immediately to avoid being placed on a waiting list. As of June 1, registration fees for returning students are $175 per child for students entering K-8th.
PTF Spring Dinner
A special thank you is extended to PTF for the wonderful evening of food, fun and fellowship at the Spring Dinner on May 27th. The spaghetti dinner was delicious. The choir presentation and talent show gave us an opportunity to see the many talents of our students and the hilarious skit put on by our staff gave us plenty of laughs. A great time was had by all who attended. Thank you for all your hard work throughout the entire year to enrich our school program and make H.C.A. a great school. You are greatly appreciated. Mrs. Lewis